Who doesn't love the smell and taste of outdoor grilling? While it's a very popular cooking method, grilling also involves a number of hazards. Fire departments respond to an average of 7,900 home fires involving grills or hibachis each year. Grills not only cause burn injuries, they can also become an ignition source to any structure, especially where vinyl siding is in close proximity. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling. You can also check out the National Fire Protection Association's tips and videos.
Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each season.
The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Never leave your grill unattended.
If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to an established fire.
Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container and keep the container outside.
Remember that cooking on a balcony in the City of Falls Church is in violation if the city Fire Prevention Code and is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Open flame grills and fryers are not permissible on any balcony. Further questions can be directed to the city Fire Marshal at 703-248-5058.